ACS at 100: Finding Cures

ACS at 100: Finding Cures


My name is Judy Dickson and I was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s
disease in 1966. The prognosis was not terribly good. My colleagues and I developed the first drug
cure of advanced Hodgkin’s disease — a program
called MOPP. I participated in the original MOPP study in 1968. Combination chemotherapy was
considered a violation of all the precepts of medicine. You know, we didn’t know if these things were going to work at all. It was not easy therapy, but they got
through it, and at the end of six months POOF – the disease went away. I’ve been in remission for 43 years. I think chemotherapy did save my life. It’s a bit magical. But once you see it, you’re hooked. I got 40 more years that I probably had coming to me. Everything we do that works came from research. The American Cancer Society is the largest private funder of research. It’s something to be proud of at the
100th anniversary.

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